The first accuser of Harvey Weinstein, Asia Argento, was recently caught up in a sexual assault scandal of her own. She released a response that will leave most scratching their heads.
According to The Daily Wire:
In a stunning statement, Argento denied the accusation of sexual assault, but confessed to paying off her accuser — which was where her taking ownership of the incident ended.
Argento suggested the accuser, child actor Jimmy Bennett, was lying about the nature of their relationship and was merely seeking money, as she noted his past dealings with his family.
“I am deeply shocked and hurt having read the news that is absolutely false,” reads Argento’s statement, which was first obtained by journalist Yashar Ali. “I have never had any sexual relationship with Bennett.”
She continued, “Bennett — who was undergoing severe economic problems and who had previously undertaken legal actions against his own family requesting millions in damages — unexpectedly made an exorbitant request of money from me. Bennett knew my boyfriend, Anthony Bourdain, was a man of great perceived wealth, and had his own reputation as a beloved public figure to protect.”
Argento also blamed her late boyfriend for paying off the actor. Claiming that he encouraged that approach as the best way to handle the situation. Nothing like owning up to your hypocrisy and misdeeds.